building

noun
build·​ing | \ˈbil-diŋ \

Definition of building 

1 : a usually roofed and walled structure built for permanent use (as for a dwelling)

2 : the art or business of assembling materials into a structure

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Synonyms for building

Synonyms

edifice, structure

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Examples of building in a Sentence

My office is in that small brick building. We bought the land for building.

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In 2005, Deutsche Bank and others loaned the future president $640 million to build the Trump International Hotel and Tower, which is now the second-tallest building in Chicago. Salvador Rizzo, chicagotribune.com, "There is an unfounded conspiracy theory about the Supreme Court and Trump Tower Chicago," 14 July 2018 The sarcophagus, which is a tomb that is sometimes buried, was discovered July 1 during routine excavation work for the construction of a new building in Alexandria’s Sidi Gaber district, according to the Ministry of Antiquities. Abigail Abrams, Time, "A Mysterious Sarcophagus That May Not Have Been Opened in 2,000 Years Was Found in Egypt," 14 July 2018 Her boyfriend, a construction worker, had done some renovation work on the Capitol building in Washington. New York Times, "‘It’s Like Each Day Is a Year’: A Migrant Mother’s Wait for a Reunion," 13 July 2018 Initial sites could be ready for new buildings in nine to 12 months. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Wolff Cos. bets on the U.S. 290 for its next development," 13 July 2018 The low-income senior building in Auburn Gresham provides a necessary service, run by residents for residents: a communal trip to the grocery store. City Bureau, Chicago Reader, "These candid photos capture how seniors are growing communities—while growing older—on the south side," 12 July 2018 Johnson stars as Will Sawyer, a former FBI operative who’s now a security specialist hired to make sure all is well with this supersized building in Hong Kong. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "'Skyscraper': 5 totally preposterous moments where Dwayne Johnson has to save the day," 11 July 2018 Garcia, an Army veteran, released his statement in response to reports of immigrant children, separated from their parents, who had been held in a private office building in Phoenix. Richard Ruelas, azcentral, "Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey campaign paints Democrat David Garcia as supporter of #AbolishICE," 11 July 2018 The 200-year-old property is billed as the oldest museum building in the country. Lauren Lumpkin, baltimoresun.com, "Morgan project aims to help diversify architecture, historic preservation fields," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of building

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of building was in the 13th century

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building

noun

English Language Learners Definition of building

: a structure (such as a house, hospital, school, etc.) with a roof and walls that is used as a place for people to live, work, do activities, store things, etc.

: the act or process of making structures by putting together materials

building

noun
build·​ing | \ˈbil-diŋ \

Kids Definition of building

1 : a permanent structure built as a dwelling, shelter, or place for human activities or for storage an office building

2 : the art, work, or business of assembling materials into a structure

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